It never ceases to astound me how often Democrats outright make up details that can be disputed with transcripts or video evidence. I know Democrats who still think Trump is a Russian agent, even though they are a 30-second Google search from Mueller’s report debunking that and a video of Rachel Maddow ugly crying on live television because the report didn’t say what she had claimed it would say for two years. Even today, Biden’s team is disputing that he did not call a voter “fat,” even though the video is viral and that wasn’t even the worst part of his meltdown. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?
Impeachment guru Adam Schiff is one of the worst offenders when it comes to having a creative memory. He was rebuked for reading from what he later called a “satirical” interpretation of Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine during a committee hearing, as if it were really the text of the call. (And you know he was exploiting the boredom of the Democratic faithful, who likely still haven’t read the actual text of the call, but have opinions.) But nothing tops this.
In Schiff’s impeachment report, which Democrats are using as the impetus for holding an impeachment vote in the House of Representatives, Schiff includes a table of calls between the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Trump’s personal attorney and Ukraine boogeyman Rudy Giuliani. The insinuation here – and it is an insinuation, because they are not offering any argument beyond you need to clutch your pearls because phone calls – is that the evil henchman was telling the bureaucrats in the nation’s budget office the terms by which they would release or withhold funds to Ukraine. Or in Democrat-speak, something something BRIBERY!!!!! (Schiff also obtained the calls of the vice chairman of his own committee and journalists., because that’s totally what his heroes did in Watergate.)
Records contained in the impeachment report showed three calls or attempted calls between Mr. Giuliani and an OMB phone number on April 12 and another three on April 24, one of which lasted 13 minutes. The call logs also show an OMB number called Mr. Giuliani and the two spoke for more than 12 minutes on Aug. 8, followed by another three attempted calls by Mr. Giuliani to an OMB number less than an hour later.
Now folks who actually work in the White House, or have in the past, read these details and said WTF. There is no mechanism for telling what particular office in the White House some call is being directed to and it’s not like these are cell phone records. Has Schiff bugged the White House or something? Where did he get OMB call records?
I’m pretty sure all the numbers on the White House phone system are assigned interchangeably, so there is no way AT&T or House Dems could accurately identify OMB in these logs. https://t.co/YuOZOiYZ6K— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) December 4, 2019
Well, it turns out the phone records Schiff cited in his impeachment report are as much a fantasy as his version of the call between Trump and the president of Ukraine in the first place. He obtained generic logs from AT&T via subpoena and outright made the rest up.
When confronted with this fact by reporters, Democratic officials replied:
Democratic committee official tells me now: “We don’t definitively know who the call was to because the White House has ignored our subpoena.” https://t.co/76n9PTo8l8— Philip Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) December 5, 2019
This is the same Schiff who balked at having the “whistleblower” testify – after insisting for weeks that he testify – after the media learned that Schiff’s staff had been in contact with the whistleblower even before the chap (Eric Ciaramella) filed the complaint and said whistleblower never notified the Inspector General of that fact as required by law. In line with his record of truthiness, Schiff lied in congressional hearings and said he had no idea even now who this individual was. Nothing to see here, move along.
Once the whistleblower’s identity became known online, and it was clear that he was a low-level, nothingburger employee (which in Washington means you have a low rank and still make a mere five digits a year in salary), not some big swinging dick with access to the president and his policy deliberations, who had been fired from the White House over concern about leaking classified information, and that Schiff’s office had actually picked up a number of Ciarmella’s former colleagues for the same reason, Schiff stopped talking about the “whistleblower” altogether and brought in the sad, sad story of an ambassador who was fired because she hated the administration she was supposed to be a diplomatic liaison for. And then the story went from the “whistleblower’s” unfounded accusation of a quid-pro-quo to something something BRIBERY!!!!
I am not sure what to even say about a committee chairman who willfully puts information that he knows to be false into a committee report. But here we are.
I have said for a long time that future historians are going to have a lot of fun with this period in history. I feel like I underestimated things.